Postcards from the Diaspora

Led by Iman Mohamed

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Past Event

This event was on Thu 1 April, 6:30pm

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Through a Lens of Love

Led by Iman Mohamed, this session considers the potential of personal archiving as a method to preserve personal and collective cultural memory. We will examine the possibilities for archival colonialist photography to be reinterpreted ‘through a lens of love’, and consider the power of the individual in this practice. We will consider how the technologies we have to research family histories typically excludes diaspora communities, and discuss ways to address this. Participants are invited to bring an object of value to the session – this can be physical, like a photograph, or intangible, like a recipe or song.

This event is free, but spaces are limited and booking is required.  This event will take place on Zoom; attendees will be sent a link, text and guidelines ahead of the event.

Whitechapel Gallery with NUMBI: Postcards from the Diaspora

A series of readings and workshops curated by Kinsi Abdulleh, artist and co-director of NUMBI, a Somali-originated African-centred arts and heritage organisation. Sessions are led by black womxn and gender non-conforming artists, writers and thinkers engaging with language, decolonisation, intersectionality and diasporic thinking.

People of all genders, sexualities, faiths and ethnicities are welcome.

Texts are provided in advance, with large-print versions available. An audio recording of each text is available upon request. If you have questions or requirements concerning access and inclusivity during these events, contact us on

About Iman Mohamed

Iman Mohamed is a communications and engagement professional working in the arts and culture sector. She is the host of The Sheeko Podcast, a new podcast exploring the lived experiences of Somali women in the diaspora, and has published writing in gal-dem and Black Ballad. Iman is a graduate of Queen Mary University of London, with a BA in English Literature and Linguistics and MA in Postcolonial and Global Literatures.